Across the UK from January to February 2022
After years working as a film critic at publications like Cahiers du Cinéma, along with peers such as Jean-Luc Godard and Eric Rohmer, Truffaut became one of the most significant directors of the French New Wave of the 1950s and 1960s. This seminal movement, which revolutionised filmmaking with its preference both for a playful approach to narrative and for shooting on location, would go on to influence the ambitions and practice of many filmmakers of the 60s, 70s and beyond, while countless filmmakers, from Steven Spielberg and Bong Joon-ho to Greta Gerwig and Wes Anderson, continue to hold Truffaut’s work in high esteem.
We are presenting the season with Institute Français as a cultural partner. Institute Français will be screening a selection of films, including the Doinel cycle.
François Truffaut season
BFI Distribution UK-wide re-releases
The 400 Blows – 4K restoration
One of the greatest films about childhood, Truffaut’s partly autobiographical first feature follows a few months in the life of 12-year-old Antoine Doinel.Find a screening
Jules et Jim
A bittersweet tribute to romantic idealism and perhaps Truffaut’s most celebrated film will be out in cinemas from February 2022.Find a screening
Around the UK
How they did love: Emmanuel Laurent on Godard and TruffautHow they did love: Emmanuel Laurent on Godard and Truffaut
François Truffaut: 10 essential films
By David Parkinson
10 great French New Wave films
By Sam Wigley